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Housing Futures: Community-led Alternatives for Greater Manchester

Housing Futures: Community-led Alternatives for Greater Manchester is a research partnership which seeks to advance understanding about the current and future potential of community-led housing to contribute to a more equitable, inclusive and democratic housing landscape in Greater Manchester.

Who we are

Housing Futures brings together academics, housing sector professionals, and members of the Greater Manchester cooperative and housing movement to co-produce knowledge and action about a range of community-led models, from cooperatives and co-housing to community land trusts. We work through a research steering group which is supported by a wider reference group of informed advisors. Greater Manchester Housing Action is a key partner and will be taking forward the findings of the research when the partnership concludes at the end of 2018.

Our approach

We aim to integrate practical experiences in Greater Manchester, across the UK, and internationally, with existing academic knowledge in order to understand the many benefits, as well as the challenges, involved in realising community-led models for housing. We will produce a set of proposals tailored specifically to the Greater Manchester context about the kinds of approaches that may be most appropriate for meeting the needs of particular groups – with a focus on low-income neighbourhoods; and for achieving ‘affordability plus’ outcomes: such as improving health and well-being, or enhancing local democracy. Through learning exchanges, networking events, and public debates, we are building a Greater Manchester Community-led Housing Network made up of individuals and organisations interested in taking action in response to our findings.

Cohousing: potential and challenges
21 June 2018 / 6.00-8.30pm
The Mechanics Institute (main hall), 103 Princess Street, M1 6DD

Community Land Trusts: the what, why and how
19 July 2018 / 6.00-8.30pm
Room G1, Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, M2 5NS

Alternative Models of Ownership: risks and opportunities for the community-led housing movement
20 September 2018 / 6.00-8.30pm
Venue to be confirmed

Lessons from the Global South for community-led housing
1 November 2018 / 6.00-8.30pm
Venue to be confirmed

Greater Manchester Community-led Housing Network launch
24 November 2018 / 12.00-4.00pm
Venue to be confirmed - note this is a Saturday event

To be added to the Housing Futures mailing list, email gmhousingfutures@gmail.com with ‘Subscribe’ in the subject line.

For more information about Housing Futures please contact: Hannah Berry, Housing Futures Steering Group Chair, at gmhousingfutures@gmail.com.

For more information about the Realising Just Cities programme at the University of Sheffield please contact: Dr Sophie King, Realising Just Cities Research Fellow, at s.king@sheffield.ac.uk.